Animal Behavior

Chimp Attack Victim Wants to Sue Connecticut

Asking for $150 million due to agency's refusal to seize privately owned animal.

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The state attorney general's office urged a key official on Friday to dismiss a $150 million claim filed by a woman who was mauled and disfigured by a chimpanzee that went to berserk in 2009.

But the victim, who has amassed millions of dollars in medical and other bills, said she's holding out hope the claims commissioner will ultimately grant her permission to sue the state's Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, which she holds responsible for not seizing the animal despite a state biologist's warning it was dangerous.